Rockstar Confirms ‘GTA Remastered’ Trilogy, At The Cost Of Deleting Old Versions From Stores



Rockstar has confirmed what has already leaked a half dozen times by now, that they are releasing a remastered version of the GTA Trilogy, GTA 3, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, for current and last-gen consoles.

The official name is Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, which is a mouthful, so I’m going to just keep calling it GTA Remastered.The update will feature visual improvements while retaining the classic look of the original to a certain extent.There are also improvements to gameplay and UI, but this announcement trailer did not come with an actual look at the remaster, nor a release date.Only that it’s coming some time before the end of the year, and a mobile version is coming in 2022.

Perhaps the most controversial part of this announcement is the fact that Rockstar has announced that it is going to be deleting the “OG” versions of the three games from all available storefronts as soon as next week to “pave the way” for the release of the remasters.This has thrown us into yet another debate about the permanence of digital products, though in this case, it’s a store delisting, it’s not being erased from hard drives.Still, players wonder if they could end up preferring the OG versions of the games more than the remasters with all the changes, and if you do, there will now be literally no way to go back and purchase them.

When it was first rumored that Rockstar was making a remastered GTA Trilogy, reports were that it was originally planned to be a free part of the next gen GTA 5 release, which is no longer the case.

That was originally going to be out this fall, but it has since been delayed to 2022.Rockstar has also come under fire for promoting that re-release without showing many meaningful improvements that would justify a re-purchase.

And to answer a question, no, it does not remotely appear like if you own the original GTA games in this trilogy, that this new trilogy release would be a free upgrade.I mean, of course not, Rockstar wants tens of millions more sales from this remaster.

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I’ve been writing about video games, television and movies for Forbes for over 10 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.I cover all manner of console and PC games, but if it’s about looting or shooting, I’m definitely there.If I’m watching something, it’s usually science fiction, horror or superheroic.I’m also a regular on IGN’s Fireteam Chat podcast and have published five sci-fi novels.


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